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MLB: Minnesota 6, Detroit 4

July 2, 2012 at 11:10 PM   |   Comments

DETROIT, July 2 (UPI) -- Trevor Plouffe's two-run single highlighted a fourth-inning uprising and Minnesota's bullpen shut down Detroit Monday in the Twins' 6-4 victory.

Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit (3-for-3) also provided run-scoring hits in the four-run rally, which erased an early 1-0 deficit, while Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau added RBI hits in next frame as Minnesota built a 6-1 advantage.

The Tigers came back with three runs against Twins starter Liam Hendriks and Anthony Swarzak (2-4) came in to toss 2 2/3 scoreless frames in relief to pick up the victory.

Alex Burnett fired 1 1/3 shutout frames and Glen Perkins earned his third save despite yielding a pair of hits in the ninth as Minnesota took the opener of a four-game series.

Doug Fister (1-6) lasted only four innings for the Tigers, surrendering six runs on eight hits.

Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a two-run double and a sacrifice fly for the Twins.

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